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Possible to quit on your own?

Discussion in 'Heroin' started by Rosyrain, Jun 10, 2015.

  1. Rosyrain

    Rosyrain Community Champion

    I have heard that heroin overcomes you so quickly and that it is highly addictive, is it possible to quit this drug on your own, or is the addiction so powerful that you need to seek medical assistance to quit?
  2. missbishi

    missbishi Community Champion

    It's certainly always safer to quit with medical assistance, mainly because of the severity of the withdrawal effects. It's true that the addiction is so powerful that drug replacement therapy is usually used. People have definitely quit without any intervention but these cases are few and far between.
  3. rainbowguard

    rainbowguard Senior Contributor

    Medical assistance is needed because those withdrawals are real medical conditions. Sure, there are people who can pass that by strong will alone but the way I see it, it is like those people who survive a medical conditions, such as cancer by strong will alone without medical interventions. It happens but I still think that your chance of success and survival will improve with medical helps.
  4. 6up

    6up Community Champion

    What if you move to place where it is not sold, completely. You will get used to your new environment even though you will still want to get it. After sometimes you'll come to forget about it. So it depends on how serious one knows the consequences are.
  5. Sparkster

    Sparkster Community Champion

    If you have been using it by injecting then you absolutely need medical attention in order to help you quit. Withdrawal symptoms from intravenous use of heroin can potentially be fatal. That is, just as there is a risk of dying from overdose by using it, there is also a risk of death from withdrawal symptoms by quitting using it without medical help. This is one of the reasons that methadone is used to treat heroin withdrawal.
  6. bsthebenster

    bsthebenster Community Champion

    Of coarse. I quit morphine on my own in the past (which is more or less the same as heroin, just less potent (we'd take more to make it just as strong anyways)) without too much issue. It's possible to quit any drug on your own, it's not necessarily advisable to do so however.
  7. Sparkster

    Sparkster Community Champion

    Heroin is diamorphine and is a derivative of morphine so you're right, it's less potent. I watched a medical program once where they claimed that both morphine and diamorphine (heroin) in pure form are completely harmless. They claimed that it was all the other substances that suppliers cut it with before putting it out on the streets that turned diamorphine into street heroin and which, allegedly, is what causes all the dangers associated with heroin use. The program also featured a 73 year old man who had been using pure diamorphine most of his life and appeared to be completely healthy.
  8. vegito12

    vegito12 Community Champion

    It will be a hard journey to change and also a person will need to do activities to try and do better in their life which can take months to years to change and will be a hard task. I think people can watch motivation videos which can help them out, and it will be easier to see a visual reference as the person can find motivation to make the changes in their life and enjoy making the changes in the process. I reckon doing it with supportive people will give motivation, which will get them to know that there are others who will support them in their journey.
  9. Sudarsan

    Sudarsan Active Contributor

    Although it all depends on how strong your will power is, it's always better to seek medical assistance. Quitting it all of a sudden can have detrimental effects on one's health. When you're taking a brave decision to stop using heroin then why take risks? There's news outside that so many people have died because they quit it without consulting a doctor. You have to make sure that your physiological condition doesn't fall prey to danger.
  10. Bonzer

    Bonzer Community Champion

    You need to pursue to a long-term addiction recovery program that includes complete abstinence from the drug. You can stop heroin addiction all by yourself but with a proper program. The link below helps you how you can accomplish the same exactly.

    You may, however, take professional help for faster recovery.
  11. bsthebenster

    bsthebenster Community Champion

    Yes, theoretically there's nothing wrong with it. Like nicotine, it's extremely addictive but non toxic. The problems come from routes of administration (messing up injections), harmful added substances, varying degrees of potency leading to overdoses and various other problems which can be attributed to human error. There's also the fact that maintaining the addiction costs lots of money, making you health, financial, work as well as social life suffer. But I'm sure that if it were for some reason routinely administrated under a medical setting that there wouldn't be a problem, as is the case with opiate painkillers when taken properly.
  12. rightct

    rightct Community Champion

    Do it on your own. I personally believe that with sufficient motivation you can surpass every single kind of problem, and yes, this does include heroin addiction. Unless you're really in a dire situation, then you shouldn't seek medical advice. Otherwise, you must take in account all of your options.
  13. Tremmie

    Tremmie Community Champion

    I highly doubt someone can quit heroine on their own, really doubt it an if they do they surely relapse in no time. Sadly to safely quit this drug you actually need medical assistance, very few people have managed to do it on their own. I'd seek medical help if it was me or a loved one, not worth the risk of relapse and overdosing.
  14. Adrianna

    Adrianna Community Champion

    Good question. I think it depends upon the individual. People who get addicted or have addictive personalities generally need supervision or they will have little success. Other people could be strong enough to kick it themselves. Physical and mental ability to tolerate the withdrawal must be strong. The conscious awareness level must be high to realize that you'll need to ride things out in order to separate from it. I do think it is possible. Some kind of support or person to help them out would be wise even if it is a phone call away or they are there. A lot of people want to do things on their own. Ashamed or embarrassed maybe. Money could be a factor. However it gets done at least the effort to break free is a goal.
  15. harold

    harold Community Champion

    It is not easy to stop by yourself. There are circumstances where people have stopped by themselves. It is always advisable to get medical help because of the effects of the withdrawal. Your determination too is very vital. Unless you are determined to get out, you cannot. You need to know that it is not going to be an easy task getting out of this addiction by yourself because the challenge is great. You need to determine with a strong zeal and discipline yourself. I believe that it is always strengthening and comforting to get extra help from someone. Yes you can get out by yourself, but you need to know that it is not going to be an easy task.
  16. smartmom

    smartmom Senior Contributor

    I believe that all things are possible. I am sure this is hard but once a person really is tired of waddling in their mess then I am sure that they will quit. A person has to be sick and tired of being sick and tired. I dont care how many people are rooting for a person this is their decision.
  17. Nergaahl

    Nergaahl Community Champion

    If you're strong-willed, yes, it is possible. Remember that anything is possible and we have the resources for it. But we find it more comfortable to tell ourselves "I can't do this" instead.

    You can quit using the method which suits you the best. But many people choose the medical assistance.